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Guyana's 'Chronicle' stands by PM

Portia Simpson-Miller vs WICB

By Rickey Singh

GUYANA'S state-owned Sunday Chronicle has made clear its support for Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller in referring for next month's Caricom Heads of Government meeting in Suriname, the public row that has surfaced between her government and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

The Prime Minister's recent sharp rebuke to the WICB for claimed "rudeness",  in relation to her criticism over the exclusion of Jamaica from a single match for the coming Australia tour, followed an earlier conciliatory call she had made for resolution of the old problem that impacts on Chris Gale's non-participation in West Indies cricket.

In  its editorial yesterday, titled "WI Cricket 'storm' for Caricom", the Sunday Chronicle said no one following recent "controversial statements" attributed to the WICB should be surprised by the announced decision of the Jamaican Prime Minister to raise the claimed "rude and crude" attitude of the regional cricket body for consideration by the Community's leaders.

The newspaper also alluded to its own interest in the Jamaican Prime Minister's initiative to involve Caricom leaders at heir coming Inter-Sessional Meeting in the current impasse with the WICB.

It referred to conflicts that had emerged over the Guyana Government's decision to establish an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee cricket in the country following an election dispute involving the Guyana Cricket Board.

Also, subsequent "misrepresentations" by the WICB of the internationally famous Clive Lloyd, who heads the IMC as Special Adviser on Sports to the Guyanese President. As viewed by the Chronicle:

"With the mix of statements by the WICB on Guyana's IMC and Lloyd's rebuttal on his continuing position as chairman of the ICC's Cricket Council, as well as the anger the Board has provoked  from both the Jamaica Cricket Association and Prime Minister Simpson-Miller, plus the general sad state of West Indies cricket, there should be much to discuss when the Caricom leaders meet in Paramaribo for their two-day meeting starting on March 8…"

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